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Cynthia McKinney Detained in Israel

Posted on Jul 2, 2009

Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney is being held in a detention center in Ramle, Israel, after venturing out to sea with about 20 other activists to provide aid to Gazans as part of the “Free Gaza Movement.” The ship Spirit of Humanity was intercepted by the Israeli navy before the group could reach its destination. McKinney will be sent back to the U.S. soon, the American Embassy said.


Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney—who was aboard a ship the Israeli navy intercepted this week—is in a detention center and will be returned to the United States, the U.S. Embassy said.

McKinney was among those on a ship that the Israeli Defense Forces said violated an Israeli blockade and crossed into Gazan waters on Tuesday.

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By nefesh, July 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

By Shingo, July 2 at 7:09 pm #

Don’t worry Political Insurgent,

Israel disgusts most of the world. Dead endeerrs like Nefesh know it, which is why in their desperation, are exposing their boggotry and facism.

What’s wrong? You aren’t nearly as slick as you normally are. You are typing and writing as if you are puke-ready drunk.

McKinney’s bigotry is out there for all to see. I’ve heard her on that far-right neo-nazi radio show, and it is chilling. But if it makes you uncomfortable by challenging your cherished dogmatic tenets, go on and filter it out…your loss.
There will always be a fringe, and there you are.

Ciao, comrade - wink

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By Shingo, July 2, 2009 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

Don’t worry Political Insurgent,

Israel disgusts most of the world. Dead endeerrs like Nefesh know it, which is why in their desperation, are exposing their boggotry and facism.

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By Shingo, July 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment


“Like I said earlier, deportation is a gift to her. That publicity whore isn’t worthy of sleeping on the floor of an Israeli prison. Get her the fuck out already.”

Spoken like a true white supremacist facist biggot. 

She was captured in international waters, which is a crime and then had her boat and the cargo seazed.  When it wa clear there were no weapons, the Israelis stil refused to return those supplies.

It basically supports wheta we already know.  Israel is using the illegal naval blockade to starve the people of Gaza.

No wonder world opinion puts Israel’s standing equal to that of Iran and why US support for Israel is plummeting like a stone, even among evangelicals.

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By Shingo, July 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment


You can’t defend Israle’s actions, therefore you turn to guilt by association atatcks against McKinney to try and slander her name.

What a good little bottom feeder Zionist stooge you are.

The founding fathers of Israel were actually financed by Nazi facists in Italy while Jews were burning in overns, so don’t talk to us abot bigoted fellow travelers of the neo-nazi white-supremacists.

Israel is filed with facist white supermacists.  Go look at Max Bloomental’s video if you need evidence of it.

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By Robert, July 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

Pirates of the Mediterranean

By Yvonne Ridley

“July 01, 2009 “Information Clearing House”—THE arrogance of Israel is nothing short of breath-taking.

On the eve of one of the most damning reports ever to be published on human rights abuses and suspected war crimes, Israel committed an act of piracy.

While western naval fleets are patrolling the waters off the coast of Africa, acts of piracy are being carried out routinely in the Mediterranean.

But the international community leaders couldn’t care less because most of those who are kidnapped, shot at and hijacked at sea are Palestinian fishermen from Gaza.

However yesterday Israel crossed a line after firing on and boarding a boat carrying aid and peace activists to Gaza.

The 21 on board included former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire, who were taken prisoner by the Israeli navy after gunboats surrounded and seized the Free Gaza Movement relief boat ‘Spirit of Humanity’ on Monday.

The aid was seized, their mobile phones confiscated and no doubt cameras capturing the illegal actions of the Israelis were also removed.
“This is an outrageous violation of international law against us.  Our boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip,” said Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for President of the United States.

“President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that’s exactly what we tried to do. We’re asking the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey.”

In the past the Israeli Navy has claimed that boats have entered their territorial waters and breached their part of the sea in the eastern Med.

However, thousands across the world who followed the progress of the Free Gaza Movement boat Spirit of Humanity by internet, GPS, Twitter and various other means of communications over the last 30 hours know for sure that the boat was illegally stopped in international waters.

This is piracy. Nothing more. Nothing less.

  It’s anyone’s guess what will happen to the Humanity’s cargo of medical supplies, cement, olive trees, and children’s toys.

But what we need from Barak Obama and Gordon Brown (there are at least half a dozen Brits on that boat) is strong leadership in which Israel apologises and allows the boat and its passengers to continue the journey into Gaza.

The G8 leaders all know what the Israeli Army did in Gaza and the war crimes that were carried out making it impossible for the Zionist military to travel into most European countries for fear of being arrested.

And in the next 24 hours Amnesty International will spell out exactly what was done on the ground during that 22-day war.

We know that the fourth largest military in the world, a military given weapons by Britain and the US,  destroyed 50,000 homes, 800 industrial
properties and 200 schools.

  During a recent trip to Gaza with the Viva Palestina convoy, I saw the scores of mosques bombed - even orphanages had been targeted. The net result was the slaughter of more than 1,400 civilians, including hundreds of children.

How long is Israel going to be allowed to behave as it wants ... and even likes?

  I saw, with disbelief, some of the taunting, sadistic messages scrawled on lounge walls in bombed out homes by departing Israeli soldiers - one even left his email for “any complaints”.

I remember when Tony Blair, called the Taliban the most evil, brutal regime in the world and he justified this statement because he said they didn’t even allow children to fly kites.

He wondered at the mentality of a regime which could be so cruel to children.”

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By nefesh, July 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

By Political Insurgent, July 2 at 6:12 pm #

Israel as it is now disgusts me.

Nobody in their right mind give’s a rat’s ass if you are disgusted or not. So if you want to support a bigoted fellow traveler of the neo-nazi white-supremacists she now consorts with, knock yourself out. In the meantime, and in the real world, McKinney and her merry band of pathetic publicity-whore pranksters will keep on embarrassing themselves.

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By Political Insurgent, July 2, 2009 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment

More power to Cynthia and her companions for doing the best they can against the Nazi-Zionist regime. If only they had a small armada of ships with them. Un-armed of course. Cloaking technology might be nice too.

Israel as it is now disgusts me.

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By nefesh, July 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment

By idarad, July 2 at 5:39 pm #

nefesh you living in fantasy land between your ears (much dead space apparently) provides much entertainment. Get the facts

I did, Boss, I did.
You just refuse to listen.


Did I say McKinney is a douchebag? If I didn’t I surely meant to.

Have you heard her appear on that Far-Right white supremacist radio show? More than once, apparently. (cuz that’s what douchebags like McKinney do, ya know)

Go look for yourself:

And here’s a quote from the article:

  Now McKinney has done several more interviews on another racist radio show with far-right links — this time with a better-known, and much more widely read, internet hate monger called Daryl Bradford Smith. You can read an archived version of his website’s homepage here: Zionism Research - The French Connection - Fighting Criminal Zionism. (Has McKinney read it? How did she find these people?) This webpage, on which recordings of the programs featuring McKinney can be found, features a banner headline endorsing the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It reads:

      “The Protocols are sometimes criticized as containing nothing that had not been said previously by philosophers or statesmen; but even if that were true, it would detract little from their interest. For their importance does not lie in the aim, world domination, nor in the theory by which it is attained, exploitation of man’s baser instincts, but in the extraordinary astuteness with which the practical application of the plan has been suited to existing conditions.”

  Smith’s homepage links to other pages on his website devoted to the works of infamous bigots such as Charles Coughlin, Denis Fahey, Nesta Webster, and Douglas Reed. The page devoted to Fahey deals with what Smith calls the “Judeo-Bolshevist plot against Christianity”. In fact, the vast majority of the authors published by Smith on his website come from the extreme far-right of the political spectrum, and promote, as did the Nazis, the view that communism was a Jewish conspiracy. However, Smith’s website also promotes the Stalinist Doctors’ Plot myth. It seems that Smith is happy to cross ideological lines and promote myths of czarist, fascist or Stalinist origin, so long as they support his anti-Jewish agenda. Now he’s interviewed Cynthia McKinney and added her socialism of fools to the mix.

Like I said earlier, deportation is a gift to her. That publicity whore isn’t worthy of sleeping on the floor of an Israeli prison. Get her the fuck out already.

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By skulz fontaine, July 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

Ms. McKinney to be released in three days? Dang, those Israeli terrorist pirates can work a mountain of torture in three days. Yup. The Israeli terrorist pirates jacked that boat in international waters. Sure did. Those Israeli terrorist pirates jacked a former member of the U.S. Congress and a Nobel Laureate and an Irish soldier and oh yeah, those Israeli terrorist pirates gots some ‘splainin to do. Isn’t piracy considered terrorism?

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By idarad, July 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment

nefesh you living in fantasy land between your ears (much dead space apparently) provides much entertainment. Get the facts

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By nefesh, July 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

By Folktruther, July 2 at 4:49 pm #

A gutsy lady.  Opposed naturally by Obama-Natanyahu, who are implementing the starvation blockade of Gaza.

Are you going to treat us to some more Adolf Hitler quotes like you did over on the Madoff thread?

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By nefesh, July 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

One more shameless publicity stunt by the idiots who use the real Gaza tragedy as a vehicle for their anti-imperialist fantasies.

Israel off-loaded the supplies on the boat and transferred them by truck to Gaza, FYI.

If McKinney and her racist-dingbat cohorts had sent the aid through proper channels instead of purposefully trying to get intercepted by the navy, the children of Gaza would have had their McKinney Crayons so much sooner. They know the navy has a hard time as it is stopping the smuggling by sea of Iranian-supplied Katyusha rockets, and that’s why this McKinney stunt is so cynical, and, frankly, evil: those rockets are used to kill Israeli civilians, including children in schools. McKinney and her merry band of wingnuts are aiding and abetting the Hamas terror infrastucture, and for that, mere deportation from Israel is a gift.

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By Robert, July 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

July 01, 2009

Israel Kidnaps Peace Boat Crew

Pirates of the Mediterranean


“On June 30, the government of Israel committed an act of piracy when the Israeli Navy in international waters illegally boarded the “Spirit of Humanity,” kidnapped its 21-person crew from 11 countries, including former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Laureate Mairead MaGuire, and confiscated the cargo of medical supplies, olive trees, reconstruction materials, and children’s toys that were on the way to the Mediterranean coast of Gaza. The “Spirit of Humanity,” along with the kidnapped 21 persons, is being towed to Israel as I write.

Gaza has been described as the “world’s largest concentration camp.” It is home to 1.5 million Palestinians who were driven by force of American-supplied Israeli arms out of their homes, off their farms, and out of their villages so that Israel could steal their land and make the Palestinian land available to Israeli settlers.

What we have been witnessing for 60 years is a replay in modern times, despite the United Nations and laws strictly preventing Israel’s theft of Palestine, of the 17th, 18th, and 19th century theft of American Indian lands by US settlers. An Israeli government spokesman recently rebuked the President of the United States, a country, the Israeli said, who stole all of its land from Indians, for complaining about Israel’s theft of Palestine.

I knew the “Spirit of Humanity” would fall to Israeli piracy the minute I received on June 25 from an official of an Israeli peace organization a “public advisory” that the government of Cyprus had withheld permission for the “Spirit of Humanity” to leave for Gaza. The US State Department had advised that “The Israeli Foreign Ministry informed U.S. officials at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv that Israel still considers Gaza an area of conflict and that any boats attempting to sail to Gaza will not be permitted to reach its destination.” The “Spirit of Humanity” obtained permission to leave Cyprus when all aboard signed a waiver absolving Cyprus of all responsibility for the crew’s safety at the hands of the Israelis.

As President Obama has called for humanitarian aid to be sent to Gaza, and as the International Red Cross has damned the inhumanity of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the question that immediately comes to mind is why did not the United States send sufficient US Navy escort to see the “Spirit of Humanity” safely through international waters to Gaza? We send ships against Somalian pirates, why not against Israeli ones?”

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By P. T., July 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

They were actually kidnapped in international waters.

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By nick, July 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment
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Gutsy ladies indeed.  McKinney was one of the truly great voices in Congress until she was railroaded by the press for refusing to take insults from a Congressional cop.—I often caught her on C-Span when her comments rose above the babble.  I’m happy to hear that she’s still doing her thing.

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By bogi666, July 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment

Why is it that when Somali’s hijack a ship for stealing from or despoiling their territorial waters they are terrorist pirates but when the Israeli’s hijack or sink an American warship, the Liberty, it’s an accident or preventing an attack when it is really another terrorist act by Israel upon an American citizen, Cynthia Kinney. If Iran had done this the US would bombard them back to the stone age with Killer McCain leading the charge with his mouth.

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By Folktruther, July 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

A gutsy lady.  Opposed naturally by Obama-Natanyahu, who are implementing the starvation blockade of Gaza.

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By Corinthia, July 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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Former Green Party Presidental canidate - actually walking the walk—not just talking like the usual politians.

Words to Power, be safe Cynthia

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By NYCartist, July 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment

Finally you posted the story.  I couldn’t figure out how to email you to cover it yesterday. 

For video of rally in protest and news, go to WBAI-In-Exile.  Don DeBar has been doing
excellent reporting.  Black Agenda Report has picked
up the video from WBAIX and it’s on 

Jewish Voice for Peace sent out a mailing at the same time DeBar was covering it, when it began. There is a story on top of the website to contact members of Congress.

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